Jagatsinghpur, April 29 (LocalWire): A Congress worker who recently defected the BJD was murdered on his way back after voting today.
Women blocked Noliashai village road under Abhyachandpur police station and detained polling personnel and EVMs demanding the arrest of the accused.
Lachman Behera was a staunch supporter of the BJDbut after being deprived of different government-sponsored schemes, he joined the Congress.
Local BJD workers under the banner of Biju Yuba Bahini threatened him and his family members of dire consequences if he cast his vote in favour of the Congress.
While Behera was returning home after voting, BJD partymen led by Kuna Behera stopped him. When he protested, Kuna hit him with a broken bottle. He reached home and was admitted to Kujang hospital and later shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack by hi sfamily members but was declared brought dead.
Congress MLA candidate Lalatendu Mohapatra said ‘Kuna Behera murdered him on the village road and fled the spot.
A homeguard caught him and detained him in a police jeep but the members of BYB forcibly took him away and are absconding now.’
Women of the village demanded compensation for the bereaved family as Behera was the only earning member.
IIC of Abhaychandpur police station Yugal Kishore Das informed ‘no one has lodged an FIR. Police have pacified the irate women and is investigating the cause of the murder. Police have kept strict vigil.’